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Exclusive NewsInstitute Steamrollered  20 March 2020
 Institute SteamrolleredA verbatim report of an hour and a half of 'debate' about Lytham Institute during a Special Council Meeting at Fylde on 9 March 2020, and our analysis of what it all means. We went hoping for consensus and sense but got neither. We did see some clever strategic moves by Independent councillors and majority party politicians steamrolling all before them in the votes.....

Exclusive NewsThe Institute at Council  25 February 2020
The Institute at CouncilIn a groundbreaking move, Lytham's Cllr Roger Lloyd has used the Council's procedure rules to prevent the Finance and Democracy Committee taking a decision, and forced a Special Meeting of the full Council on 9th March at Fylde's Town Hall to debate concerns about the future of Lytham Institute. We have the background, the analysis, and the story so far .....

Significant NewsWater Foul  7 February 2020
Water FoulWe look at 'Combined Sewer Overflows' which should only be used in emergencies if sewage treatment works and storage facilities can't cope. But some are now discharging twice a week.  We look at the background and the investigative reporting by national - and local - media and organisations who have exposed what's really going on......

Significant NewsEmpty Homes Tax  28 January 2020
Empty Homes TaxWe report changes to the council tax charge that will see the owners of long term empty and unfurnished property being subject to 3 times it's usual Council Tax charge from this April, and  4 times its usual charge from April 2021. and we wonder whether it's really a Conservative or an Anarchist policy that's being introduced.....

Hot NewsPeninsula on track?  16 January 2020
Peninsula on track?An in-depth article about the arrangements for trains and trams to operate on the Fylde peninsula. It's hot because of conflicting views about the 'right' solution. We don't think there *is* a single solution for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, and imposing one could block others. Whatever happens could have a really big impact on the future....

Significant NewsLytham Institute Update  10 January 2020
Lytham Institute UpdateWe bring readers up to date with what's been going on. There's a truly awful Finance and Democracy meeting. Fylde's covert plans to get rid of the Institute. The Friends group hold another public meeting, The (alternative) Lytham Institute Working Group develop plans of their own for the Institute. Fylde apply, and the Institute is registered as a Charity. The building is surveyed, and we look at what happens next....


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